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Eat, Pray, Love: Is authentic happiness in Bali — or in you?

Eat, Pray, Love is a hit movie – so much so that many people plan to follow in the footsteps of the author, Elizabeth Gilbert, and travel to exotic places in pursuit of happiness.

There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. But we each come into this world with a unique gift to give — a unique mission to fulfill. Do we not each have our own path in life which, if we follow it, and are true to it, will bring us the authentic happiness and peace we all seek?

Here are some suggestions that may help you find your true destiny and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell liked to say.

 1. Listen to your heart.

Our heart is our connection to God and the wisdom of our own spirit. It’s because Elizabeth Gilbert listened to her heart that she has such a great story to tell.

But our heart does not only speak to us when we are in trouble. It speaks to us in little moments too.

And it’s as we listen to our heart in the little moments of our life that we draw closer to the truth of our own being, and the real magic of our own “hero’s journey” becomes increasingly apparent to us.

2. Cultivate compassion.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that you must be aggressive to succeed in life and be happy.

There may be a place for aggressiveness. But the truth is that only the strong can be gentle — and when you align yourself with an attitude of genuine compassion you are aligning yourself with the strength of the universe. Miracles happen. The entire universe is on your side, ready to help you on your way.

 3. Look for what is right.

If you really want to be happy, don’t focus too much on all the things that are wrong — in yourself or anybody else.

Look for what is right. It’s the only real starting point there is. Even if it only seems like a very small starting point indeed — go for it.

Authentic happiness does not come and go

A fairy tale from a long time ago comes to my mind, something about a young boy called Jack and a beanstalk.

From a humble beginning, the beanstalk grew to an incredible height. Your own life will flourish and you will find the happiness and bliss that is rightly yours as you pay attention to what is right, and true, and beautiful.

Go to Bali by all means, if you want to. I’d like to go there myself sometime.

But enduring happiness, authentic happiness, does not come and go. And it doesn’t depend on our external circumstance. It’s the core nature of our own being — and it calls to us in every moment to be expressed in our lives.

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